BRASHEAR, Carl Maxie, MCPO
Last updated: July 2, 2018 at 4:38 am
U.S. Navy Master Diver (1953); leg partially amputated during an underwater recovery mission of an atomic bomb off Spain in 1966; first amputee to be restored to duty as a diver; retired from the Navy in 1979 as a Master Chief Petty Officer; subject of the film Men of Honor (2000).
Contrary to what is often reported, Carl Brashear was not the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy. The first was in fact Chief Petty Officer John Henry Turpin.
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